Identical (Turow)

Scott Turow, 2013
Grand Central Publishing
384 pp.
ISBN-13: 9781455527199

State Senator Paul Giannis is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother Cass is newly released from prison, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Dita Kronon.

When Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie begin a re-investigation of Dita's death, a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds. (From the publisher.)

Author Bio 
Birth—April 12, 1949
Where—Chicago, Illinois, USA
Education—B.A., Amherst; M.A. Stanford University; J.D.,
   Harvard University
Awards—Silver Dagger of British Crime Writers
Currently—lives in Chicago, Illinois

Scott F. Turow is an American author and practicing lawyer, who has written eight fiction and two nonfiction books. His works have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. Movies have been based on several of his books.

Turow was born in Chicago, attended New Trier High School, and graduated from Amherst College in 1970. He received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, where he attended from 1970 to 1972. In 1971, he married Annette Weisberg, a painter.

Scott Turow became a Jones Lecturer at Stanford until 1975, when he entered Harvard Law School. In 1977, Turow wrote One L, a book about his first year at law school.

After earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1978, Turow became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, serving in that position until 1986. There he prosecuted several high-profile corruption cases, including the tax fraud case of state Attorney General William Scott. Turow also was lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the federal prosecution of Illinois judicial corruption cases.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office, Turow became a novelist, writing legal thrillers such as The Burden of Proof, Presumed Innocent, Pleading Guilty, and Personal Injuries, which Time magazine named as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999. All four became bestsellers, and Turow won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers.

Many of the characters appear in multiple books, and all of his novels take place in Kindle County. (The state is unspecified, but the county contains a tri-city conglomerate on the Mississippi between Chicago and New Orleans. —Burden of Proof p. 52.) In 1990, Turow was featured on the June 11 cover of Time, which described him as the "Bard of the Litigious Age." In 1995, Canadian author Derek Lundy published a biography of Turow, entitled Scott Turow: Meeting the Enemy (ECW Press, 1995). Also, in the 1990s a British publisher bracketed Turow’s work with that of Margaret Atwood and John Irving, republishing it in the series Bloomsbury Modern Library.

Turow is the president of the Authors Guild. He was also President from 1997 to 1998 and has served on its board.

From 1997 to 1998 Turow was a member of the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, which recommends federal judicial appointments.

Current legal work
Turow is a partner of the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. He works pro bono in most of his cases, including a 1995 case where he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez, who had spent 11 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. He was also appointed to the commission considering the reform of the Illinois death penalty by former Governor George Ryan and is currently a member of the Illinois State Police Merit Board. He and his wife Annette divorced in late 2008 with three grown children. (From Wikipedia.)

Book Reviews
Bestseller Turow is not at the top of his game in this contrived whodunit.... Assured prose compensates only in part for an overly intricate solution likely to disappoint even diehard Turow fans.
Publishers Weekly

 DNA analysis...reveals startling results—unearthing long-buried secrets involving family betrayal, incest, and chilling deceit. Verdict: Turow's well-crafted legalese does nothing to hide the bizarreness of this tale of identical twins. The roller-coaster events that unfold...slowly reveal off-the-wall and improbable behaviors. Simply too much to believe. —Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA
Library Journal

Turow continues his obsession with innocence.... In this strained reworking of the theme, the mystery centers on identical twins.... Much of this book is weighed down by unnecessary accounts of characters’ lives from childhood on. The interesting part has to do with the forensics of fingerprinting and DNA... All in all, a disappointment from a much-loved author.  —Connie Fletcher

Much-practiced legal proceduralist Turow steps onto Joseph Campbell turf in his latest mystery.... Turow has obvious fun with his mythological conceit...and if sometimes the joke wears a little thin, the process of discovery takes nice and sometimes unexpected twists.... Turow never loses sight of the ancient underpinnings of his story.... Classic (in more senses than one) Turow.
Kirkus Reviews

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